What blocks folic acid absorption?
Some types of medicines reduce the amount of folate in your body or make the folate harder to absorb.
These include some anticonvulsants (medicines used to treat epilepsy), colestyramine, sulfasalazine and methotrexate..
How long does it take to correct folate deficiency?
For folate deficiency anaemia – treatment is usually for 4 months. But if the cause of your folate deficiency anaemia does not change or go away, you may have to take folic acid for longer, possibly for the rest of your life.
How is folate deficiency treated?
To treat folate deficiency anaemia, your GP will usually prescribe daily folic acid tablets to build up your folate levels. They may also give you dietary advice so you can increase your folate intake.
What causes a folate deficiency?
A diet low in fresh fruits, vegetables, and fortified cereals is the main cause of folate deficiency. In addition, overcooking your food can sometimes destroy the vitamins. Folate levels in your body can become low in just a few weeks if you don’t eat enough folate-rich foods.
How can I raise my folate levels quickly?
Eating a variety of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, as well as fortified foods, is an easy way to increase your folate intake. These foods are not only rich in folate but also high in other key nutrients that can improve other aspects of your health.
What happens if folate deficiency is left untreated?
Folate deficiency will not go away on its own. Treatment is required and may involve dietary changes and/or oral supplements and treatment of underlying causes, if any are present. If left untreated, folate deficiency may result in folate deficiency anemia, which can cause severe complications.